Planning Assistance Available from OPR

As part of its technical assistance program, OPR staff is available to answer questions regarding CEQA and various state planning and zoning regulations. OPR publishes numerous technical advice papers and participates several times per year in CEQA and planning-related workshops, courses, and seminars. OPR provides technical planning assistance specifically in the following areas:

Planning and Zoning Regulations
OPR provides technical assistance to cities, counties, regional governments, state agencies, and the general public covering the state planning, zoning and development laws, and other miscellaneous related statues. OPR annually compiles and publishes this compendium of state Planning, Zoning and Development Laws.

General Plan Guidance and Extensions
OPR provides advice to local governments and the public on application of the state general plan law and periodically revises and publishes the General Plan Guidelines. OPR also processes requests for general plan "extensions", for approval by the Director of OPR. OPR is authorized to grant reasonable extensions of time (up to two years) for the preparation of new general plans or the update of existing general plans upon application by cities or counties. To assist cities and Counties in completing their required annual reports, OPR has prepared a General Plan Annual Progress Report Guidance. Download extensions application form here.

CEQA Assistance
OPR provides advice to local governments and the public on application of CEQA and periodically recommends amendments to the CEQA Guidelines. OPR works with the California Natural Resources Agency to have these amendments adopted in the California Code of Regulations.

Other Responsibilities

  • Act as liaison between local governments, public and private interests and the Governor concerning land use and environmental planning issues.
  • Provide advisory technical assistance to state boards, commissions and agencies relating to land use and environmental laws.
  • Provide interagency consultation pursuant to the State Administrative Manual. State agencies are required to submit their policy plans and related documents to OPR for distribution to other state agencies for review and comment. The State Clearinghouse coordinates this activity.